The mission is to “increase and maintain a healthy tree canopy (the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above) to improve water/air quality throughout Howard County.”
How Trees Work: Trees improve water quality by reducing storm water runoff, intercepting and storing rain water, increasing infiltration through root systems, reducing soil erosion and filtering pollutants:
• Trees improve air quality by absorbing pollutants, intercepting particulate
matter, producing oxygen and lowering air temperature by turning liquid water
• Reduce atmospheric carbon by sequestering CO2 in their roots, trunks, stems and leaves.
• Increase property value by improving curb appeal and reducing heating and cooling costs by shading buildings and blocking winds.
How The Program Works: The County will asses your property to determine eligibility, planting area and the number of trees which may be ordered. If you qualify:
• Homeowner will choose select trees appropriate for their yard;
• Must commit to caring for trees, including watering and deer protection;
• Trees will be delivered and planted by a County contractor in either Spring or Fall.
Does Your Property Qualify? Properties which have less than 40% canopy coverage may qualify for the Tree Canopy program. Applications for Spring 2014 are now being accepted. For all the details and to determine how to qualify go to: Go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/treecanopy.htm